Ros­berg ready to take the fight to Hamil­ton once more

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Nico Ros­berg says his prepa­ra­tions for a ti­tle chal­lenge this year be­gan soon af­ter los­ing the 2015 world crown to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamil­ton.

Ros­berg en­joyed his most suc­cess­ful F1 sea­son to date last term, win­ning six races, in­clud­ing a hat-trick over the fi­nal three GPS af­ter Hamil­ton had wrapped up the ti­tle in Austin.

Ros­berg said: “I had a great win­ter pre­par­ing. I started train­ing and get­ting back into it right away from the first day af­ter the end of last year.

“Lewis and I have raced to­gether for three years now and we are the most suc­cess­ful any team has been in re­cent years. We have a great re­la­tion­ship with the team and we’re look­ing for­ward to the bat­tle and it will be ex­cit­ing try­ing to beat Lewis this year. I’ve lost the last three years against him, but I love the chal­lenge and try­ing to beat some­body who has beaten me. This year we start at zero and it’s im­pos­si­ble to pre­dict what will hap­pen. But I have this pos­i­tive feel­ing, which I’ve brought in from the end of last year and it’s a good feel­ing to start the sea­son with.”

Ros­berg also added that Mercedes’ F1 W07 Hy­brid still has a lot of de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial: “Just look­ing at the new car from the out­side you can see we are in­no­vat­ing and that’s what you need to do. We have to lead the way. If you sit still with de­vel­op­ments peo­ple copy you and come closer and closer, so you have to bring new stuff to stay ahead.

“We’ve brought a few new things on the car for this year that haven’t been seen be­fore in F1, and that’s great work from the team. I won’t say we are the quick­est just yet. Fer­rari have been very strong so far, but the level this team is on right now is just awe­some.”

Ros­berg: still chas­ing

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